A Podcast for Educators

Listen to Podclassed to explore current educational topics from a variety of perspectives and to learn practical solutions for the current challenges facing educators.

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Podclassed is focused on sharing a variety of perspectives on varying topics in education with the goal of improving education for every student. While we’re not sure that a podcast can change the world, we believe that the first step is having important conversations.

Each episode focuses on a specific topic in education. These topics are discussed by parents, educators, and experts and hosted by Laura Axtell, M.Ed. from Reading Horizons.

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Meet Your Host

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Laura Axtell, M.Ed.

Laura Axtell, M.Ed. has master’s degrees in special education and counseling and has worked in K-12 regular and alternative education in the U.S. and internationally, served as a community college instructor, and conducted training and workshops in diverse settings around the world. She currently serves as an Educational Specialist/Trainer with Reading Horizons and is the host of the educational podcast, Podclassed. Follow Laura on Twitter and Instagram.

Popular Episodes

Just getting started with Podclassed? Here are a few of our most popular past episodes:

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Decodable Text, Leveled Text, and All the Rest

Season 3 | Episode 1

Dr. Amy Murdoch discusses the importance of text in reading instruction for beginning readers and older struggling readers. Research indicates that the type of text matters and Dr. Murdoch shares specific recommendations based on the goals of reading instruction and intervention.

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Intervention for Students with Dyslexia: A Structured Literacy Approach

Season 2 | Episode 6

An extensive conversation with Dr. Louise Spear-Swerling discussing the various instructional approaches for teaching reading and how structured literacy differs from typical instruction to more effectively meet the needs of students with dyslexia.

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Game-Changing Resources for Special Education

Season 4 | Episode 1

An experienced educator discusses the value of communication with students in special education through options for classroom practice and educational technology resources.

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